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“This place may be the weirdest, craziest place I’ve ever been,” said actor James Spader (“Ultron”) on Comic Con. “It’s really fantastically crazy.”
Marvel brought their A game to the Hall H audience at Comic Con 2014. The studio’s biggest announcement on Saturday was the sequel to Guardians Of The Galaxy ahead of its release on Friday, Aug 1.
For those who couldn’t make it to San Diego, here’s a look at the panel from Avengers: Age Of Ultron where it was officially revealed that Josh Brolin will be seen and heard as the villain Thanos in director James Gunn’s Guardians film, as well as in future movies for Marvel Studios.
The stars of Avengers: Age Of Ultron signed autographs after the panel for the fans.
marvel studios – Avengers Comic Con Hall H Panel Part 1 from We Are Movie Geeks on Vimeo.
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- Michelle McCue
It was also officially announced that actor Josh Brolin can be seen and heard as the villain Thanos in Gunn’s upcoming film, opening in theaters this Friday, August 1st.
Brolin will also play Thanos in future movies for Marvel Studios.
“Josh brings all the weight and stature necessary for a character as iconic and significant as Thanos,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “We’re incredibly excited for fans to see more of him as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.”
A #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy sequel in 2017? #YoureWelcome http://t.co/7DTgF2dBxb pic.twitter.com/y4rtIdrwPA
— GuardiansOfTheGalaxy (@Guardians) July 27, 2014
Yes, I’m writing and directing the sequel to #GuardiansoftheGalaxy for theaters July 28 2017. But first go see the first one out next week! »
- Michelle McCue
"...much of the movie will still be based very much on that draft and the DNA of what Edgar has created up to this point, but Peyton Reed has stepped in...
"Adam McKay, a very good writer is reworking parts of the script - not the entirety of the script, but some of it - and it's going to, we believe, come to life in the best version of'Ant-Man' that we could possibly make.
"Again Ant-Man is a very important character for us. We like that people don't necessarily know what it is, »
- Michael Stevens
Comic book legend Stan Lee has abruptly canceled his appearance at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the 91-year-old co-creator of Spider-Man, Hulk, Avengers and X-Men was due to make appearances and signings on Friday and Saturday, but is bowing out due to losing his voice. "Unfortunately, Stan Lee has lost his voice due to laryngitis and is unable to attend this year’s San Diego Comic-Con and has regrettably had to cancel his appearances," said his spokesperson, confirming the news. "Stan is otherwise well and in good
- Borys Kit
Marvel’s Ant-man hits theaters next summer July 17, 2015 and as this is the week of Comic-Con, Marvel has unveiled the first poster for the film.
For more on the history of this super hero, read Here.
Although the character of Ant-Man is somewhat overshadowed by Spider-Man and the mutants of X-Men he predates all of them and is one of the cornerstones of the ever-expanding Marvel universe. A few months after the debut of the Fantastic Four, the forerunner of Marvel, Atlas comics, published “the Man in the Ant Hill” in Tales to Astonish number 27. The title was frequently the home of invading giant “beasties” and monstrous creatures, »
- Jim Batts
"...'Clint Barton', orphaned at an early age, escaped the orphanage with his older brother 'Barney' falling in with a traveling circus.Needing food and shelter, Clint and Barney decided to work for the performers.
"Two performers, 'Swordsman' and 'Trickshot', saw potential in Clint and took him under their wing. Trickshot taught Clint archery while Swordsman taught Clint acrobatics and knife throwing.
"One night Clint overheard that a great sum of money had been stolen from the ringmaster the night before. He finds out it was stolen by the Swordsman. Swordsman was quick to offer Clint a »
- Michael Stevens
What's All This Then? It's a weekly column where I - Dave "Da7e" Gonzales, a man with many opinions - dissect and report on the news and rumors surrounding superhero megafranchises.
This Week: It's Comic Con Week. Let's look at our superhero megafranchise future. There May Be Spoilers! Just Don't Yell At Me!
Good non-Thanos Lord!
It’s pre-Comic Con and honestly there’s so many little bits and pieces about all our superhero movie franchises that it’s been a full reading schedule of stuff and not a lot of time to focus on what we will or will not be seeing this weekend.
First up, happy National Batman Day.
Ok, there’s a lot of superhero movies on the horizon. A lot. As all the pieces start falling into place over the weekend, we’ll get a clearer picture of the ones we’re closest to and »
Take another look @ spoiler images of actress Elizabeth Olsen as Marvel Comics' mutant 'Scarlet Witch' on the set of director Joss Whedon's currently shooting "Avengers" sequel, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron":
The Scarlet Witch and her brother 'Quicksilver' were part of the 'second generation' of Marvel's "The Avengers" comic book team.
She is the daughter of 'Magneto', twin sister of Quicksilver and paternal half-sister of 'Polaris'.
The character has featured in four decades of Marvel continuity.
Scarlet Witch starred in two self-titled limited series with husband the 'Vision' and as a regular team member in "Avengers".
Scarlet Witch has also appeared in other Marvel-endorsed products including animated films, arcade/video games, television series and merchandise, »
- Michael Stevens
Looking to broaden its Spider-Man franchise, Sony has dated spin-off “Sinister Six” for Nov. 11, 2016 as the next tentpole in its key property — while moving back “The Amazing Spider-Man 3″ two years to 2018.
After modest box office results for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” the studio thinks “Sinister Six” will expand the Spider-Man universe by bringing in villains, making Sony a stronger competitor against the likes of Disney/Marvel’s “Avengers” and WB’s Justice League superheroes in the coming years.
The studio has also slated “Uncharted” for June 10, 2016 — which had previously been the release schedule previously held by “The Amazing Spider-Man 3.”
Sony made the announcements Wednesday on the opening day of Comic-Con. The studio first revealed the “Sinister Six” and “Venom” spinoff projects in December, »
- Dave McNary
'Taneleer Tivan' is one of the alien Elders of the Universe and is close to his fellow 'Elder En Dwi Gast' (aka 'Grandmaster'. He apparently came to self-awareness billions of years ago, on the planet 'Cygnus X-1', as a powerful being who wielded the 'Power Primordial' and, though at first he took the appearance of an old human, his true form is a powerful alien.
"...for millions of years, the 'Collector' lived on an unknown world with his wife and child, spending his days in thought and contemplation.
"Over three billion years ago, when his wife 'Matani' lost the will to live and relinquished her immortality, »
- Michael Stevens
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Wow, there’s been so much superhero news this week, you’d think it was Comic-Con already! We will of course start things off with Marvel Studios’ hotly-anticipated sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, with Entertainment Weekly giving us our first look at the film thanks to a cover image featuring Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans) and the new bad guy Ultron (James Spader), which was followed up by a batch of »
- Gary Collinson
The changes are coming thick and fast in the Marvel Universe right now – it’s like a cabinet reshuffle, except with characters who want to save the world instead of destroying it – as the announcement that Thor was to become a woman later in the year was followed by a promise of similar changes for Captain America. Steve Rogers has been going through some interesting developments during Jonathan Hickman’s run on Avengers; namely, being drained of the super soldier serum that made him into a hero in the first place – as well as keeping him spry for almost a century. That means somebody else needs to step up to the plate and take up the Cap mantle.
- Tom Baker
The mantle of protecting the legacy of Captain America has been passed onto Sam Wilson best known as The Falcon as well as writer Rick Remender (Uncanny Avengers) and artist Stuart Immonen (All-New X-Men).
“Sam wants to lead by example,” stated Remender. “To help people see their own selfishness and to turn it around, to build better communities, and to never forget the little guy. Sam follows his heart and his belief in what the American dream means and how it belongs to everyone.” Original super soldier Steve Rogers will not be forgotten. “Steve’s spirit is as willing as ever, but his body is no longer up to the task of being Captain America,” remarked Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. “So he’ll employ his skills as the new Cap’s remote strategic advisor, running Cap’s missions from his headquarters in Avengers Mansion and providing Sam with technical support »
- Trevor Hogg
The company has insisted that the ongoing case over the rights to many of its classic characters does not "remotely merit" a review, according to Deadline.
The Kirby heirs have recently received backing from Hollywood guilds, trademark experts and comics veterans, who filed friend-of-the-court (amici curiae) briefs petitioning that the highest authority of the Us judicial system judge on the case.
The case hangs on the reading of the ambiguous term 'work for hire' in relation to whether Kirby's family can terminate the rights to the characters.
Marvel claims the situation is such that there is no reason the Supreme Court should take a hearing on the rights case, »
Joe Quesada, Marvel's Chief Creative Officer, announced that Sam Wilson, a.k.a. The Falcon, will be the new Captain America. What happened to Steve Rogers? Well, he lost his superhero strength and turned into a 90-year-old man both physically and mentally. He's obviously in no condition to fight carry his shield and fight to protect the world.
I don't really care that Wilson is taking his place, but I'm not a big fan of what they did with Steve Rogers. The new comic series is being written by Rick Remender and Stuart Immonen, and this is what Remender said in a statement to Marvel:
"This is the fireworks factory we’re arriving at, and now everything’s going to blow up and be very pretty and exciting to look at. »
- Joey Paur
It’s unofficial Avengers: Age of Ultron day, folks. Fresh off our first look at the villainous robot Ultron and comments from Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige about the Joss Whedon-directed sequel, a batch of new Avengers: Age of Ultron images has arrived. These photos reveal new Avengers additions Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), the triumphant return of Science Bros (aka Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo), and a little get-together in Avengers Tower with a surprise guest. With Comic-Con on the horizon we can expect plenty more Avengers 2 goodness in the week to come—or even more later today. Hit the jump to take a look at the new Avengers: Age of Ultron images. The film also stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, and Don Cheadle. Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1, 2015. Images via EW. Click here »
- Adam Chitwood
On Monday, screenwriter Robert Orci revealed he was no longer involved with the "Amazing Spider-Man" franchise and frankly, that raised some eyebrows. Granted, Orci has enough on his plate as he will be making his directorial debut with "Star Trek 3," but the "Transformers" and "Star Trek" screenwriter was supposed to be part of a "brain trust" to guide the Spidey franchise at Sony Pictures. And the question has to be asked: has Sony changed its plans after "The Amazing Spider-Man 2?" After promising to improve upon the tepidly received 2012 reboot, "Asm 2" received worse reviews, earned less than its predecessor domestically (by over $60 million to date) and barely earned $200 million after a $91.6 million opening (think about that for a second). Moreover, while most franchises' overseas grosses are growing as markets such as China and Russia explode, "ASM2" has barely surpassed the first Marc Webb film outside the U.S. And again, »
- Gregory Ellwood, Drew McWeeny, Kristopher Tapley
.@Marvel announces that Thor is no longer worthy of Mjolnir, and now a woman will be wielding the mighty Uru Hammer! #TheView
The character is one of Marvel's oldest superheroes. He was first introduced in 1962 by a team consisting of Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby, and was based on the god of Norse mythology. Thor was sent to Earth by his father, Odin, to learn humility. There, he fell in love with a human woman, »
- Kelly Woo
Avengers: Age of Ultron has a pretty big cast already, but of course there’s always room for a certain giant. Stan Lee has confirmed that he will have a cameo in the film, as he has in all other Marvel Cinematic Universe movies to date. However, Lee has also teased that he’s ready to break […]
- Angie Han
Stan Lee at the London Film and Comic Con 2014 (Credit: Amanda Keats)
Stan Lee is a legend in the world of comic books and rightly so. At 91, the man behind many of Marvel’s best superheroes is still doing his best to meet fans – and this weekend was no exception. Lee was at the London Film and Comic Con and we caught up with him at the press conference.
Before the interview had even really begun, Stan Lee had something important to say: ‘Rule Britannia!’ Once he’d got that out of his system, it was time to pick his brain and see what he had to say on handing over his baby and taking a step back, his cameos and a bizarre birthday request for his wife.
(Credit: Amanda Keats)
When asked how it felt to leave Marvel in the hands of others, Lee explained that ‘we have the »
- Amanda Keats
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